Fire In The Ham | Jack's Abby Brewing

Fire In The HamFire In The Ham
BA SCORE
73.3%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 329 ratings
Fire In The HamFire In The Ham
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
jacksabbybrewing.com

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Caution! This is an intensely smokey lager similar to those found in Bamberg, Germany. Most of this brew's malt was dried over flaming beechwood, which ingrains unique smokey flavors. Aromas of campfires, smoked ham, and bacon dominate a soft malt and hop backbone. Although hard to believe, this beer is vegan friendly.

20 IBU

Added by irishevans on 10-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,051
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
329
Liked:
241
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
12.27%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
35
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 329 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of Zonian1
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gajo74
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at George Keely, NYC.
Pours a clear straw color with a modest film that retains throughout.
The aroma is a killer! It is filled with delicious smoky goodness. Ham, bacon, even Gouda cheese wax.
The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and with a crisp feel. Very easy to drink. Overall there is a cereal grain sweetness with virtually no hops bitterness save for a little bit towards the end. In contrast to the aroma, the smoky quality is more on the light side. The smoked malt provides a nice counterpoint to the sweetness.
I thought this was a good take, by the excellent Jack's Abbey Brewery, on an interesting style I wish was more widely available. I would love to have again.

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Photo of cd34
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a slight bronzed yellow color with a bar pour’s kind of slim white head that dissipated pretty quickly. The smell had bacon, a light layer of smokiness, subtle ham and a light little bit of breadiness underneath. The taste was basically the same: roasty, smoky with a subtle sweet underneath. The aftertaste was moderately smoky with the breadiness balancing in it. There’s a slight quick smoky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a subtle crisp to mostly smokey ham to bacon feel hitting my tongue. Barely any bitterness, but understandable and actually really nice to me. Overall, I’d say this was a nice rauchbier or maybe "smoked" beer. I’d have again for me at least.

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Photo of mikr
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smaddock
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer smells incredible but isn't in the same league as the best Jack's Abbey beers, Framinghammer and Hoponius Union.

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Photo of shirtless_mike
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cavedave
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark gold slightly cloudy gem of a beer with a huge white topper that kicks back pretty quickly to a lasting cap and thick ring.

Smell is all about smoke and lager yeast. Some bready and grainy malt notes are minor players but fill the aroma out to a delicious, medium strength bouquet.

Wow actual fire and ham taste in this. Quite smoky, very strong and complex smoke flavors, sharp and acrid smoke notes are present, and also softer and meatier notes too. It carries some sweet and crispy grain, and the lager yeast flavors give it a nice counterpoint of light rounded tart. End of sip features strong smoke notes and light hoppy bitter. Clean, delicious.

Light in the mouth, little smoky resin buildup despite the huge amount of that flavor, bright carbonation, strong and long lingering finish.

A delightful and very smoky beer that never goes too far to be enjoyable. Tasty and recommended.

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Photo of Beric
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA, in a .5L Jack's Abby krug
Served: 8 Oct 2016

Appearance: Pours a beautiful yellow with a light, frothy white head. Really a great looking beer.

Smell: Sweet malts and slight wood smokiness. Not too meaty in my opinion.

Taste: Very subtle on the smoke, and the smoke has a good character to it. Think more campfire than slab bacon. Soft sweetness to the malt. A pinch of breadiness from what I imagine is a Helles underlyingly.

Mouthfeel: This is the biggest complaint I have against this beer- it feels thin after a while. While Schlenkerla beers feel nice and substantial all the way through, this one starts feeling watery if it sits too long.

Overall: A good beer and one that I feel could introduce a lot of people to the style done well. I think this beer is one step up from Schlenkerla Lagerbier and one step below many of their smokier options.

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Photo of Aisha
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PDonahue92
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

a wonderfully smoky beer that tastes like texas bbq in your mouth.

Look: clear golden hue w/ nice light white head
Smell: Woody, Smoke, Bacon, Smoke Pork Butt
Taste: Malt sweetness, Smokey notes like smoked meat, light bitterness
Finish: still medium in length, smokey, mouth-coating
Overall: A wonderfully balanced Rauchbier with a well balance of smoked malt, malt sweetness, and hop bitterness. Would Pair well with Smoked Meats, Baked Beans, and Chilis.

Served: Bottle and Tulip

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Photo of craigferraro
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CayseyW
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so I don't even really know how to score this beer. It's admittedly like nothing I've ever had--smoked or otherwise. It's a fantastic looking lager, very true to style. The smell is what my clothes smell like after a week of camping--a mix of baked-in campfire smoke and dried beer. I definitely pick up the hints of bacon described by the brewer as well. It's an interesting aroma but it's also a little strange. Smoke smacks your tongue immediately, nearly overwhelmingly. It smooths out a bit and you get more bright, clean lager notes. The finish is a bit rough. It actually reminds me of the taste reminds me of a wet lit cigarette... probably something only smokers (or former in my case) can truly understand. If the finish were better I would have rated taste much higher because I actually enjoy the rest and to compensate I kept drinking it until it was gone. In terms of the feel, and finish aside, it's excellent. Very nice body that's well carbed and very drinkable, which is good since you need to keep tipping this back if you want to avoid the rough finish. Overall this is a really neat beer that I'm glad I tried. Would I buy it again... maybe, but only if I was sharing it with someone who hadn't tried it.

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Photo of Prost76
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Iski100
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopyard57
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beersilio
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crossfit_lunatic
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First foray into Rauchbiers. Has a distinctive smoky/peaty-ness to its taste.

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Photo of SmellTheGluv
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chefhatt
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 73.3% out of 100 with 329 ratings
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